With over 30 different ways of making the ANZAC biscuit, this age-old debate hit’s our social media posts once a year, are ANZAC biscuits best soft or hard?

Historian Allison Reynolds sifted through old recipe books (pun intended) trying to discover the beginnings of this renowned Australian cookie.

The first version of ANZAC biscuit reportedly appeared around 1823, while Reynolds traced the first printed ‘Anzac biscuit’ recipe to an Australian publication called the War Chest Cookery Book dated in 1917.

This favoured cookie was made by women who were looking for a sturdy biscuit that would travel well to overseas troops.

The ingredients were carefully chosen because they were readily available, and less likely to spoil on long trips.

A reader poll carried out by the Daily Mercury shows that the majority of readers preferred soft ANZAC biscuits!

Regardless of whether you’re a fan of the chewy Anzac biscuit or you prefer the crunchier kind, the Anzac biscuit is apart of a day that acknowledges those who suffered and still suffer from the effects of war. It’s a day to remember the strength of the human spirit and the value of mateship, but above all else, it is a time to remember those who have fallen.

Lest we forget.

Why dont you have a go and let us know by hashtagging your pic #softisbest or #theharderthebetter.

See below for both recipes.

Makes 24

Preparation time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 15 minutes

Skills needed: Basic


1 cup plain flour

1 cup rolled oats

1 cup desiccated coconut

3/4 cup caster sugar

1 tsp lemon rind, finely grated

125g butter

2 tbsp golden syrup

1 tsp bicarbonate of soda

1 tbsp boiling water

Preheat oven to 180C/160C fan-forced. Line 2 baking trays with baking paper. Sift flour into a bowl. Add oats, coconut, sugar and lemon rind. Stir to combine. Make a well in centre.

Place butter and golden syrup in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on high (100%) for 30 seconds or until butter has melted. Stir to combine. Combine bicarbonate of soda and boiling water in a bowl. Add to butter mixture. Stir to combine. Add to flour mixture. Stir to combine.

Roll level tablespoons of mixture into balls. Place balls, 3cm apart, slightly flattened, on prepared trays. Bake for 13 to 15 minutes, swapping trays halfway during cooking. Stand on trays for 5 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool. Serve.


Recipe: Katrina Woodman


Makes 35

Preparation time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 20 minutes

Skill level: Basic


1 cup rolled oats

1 cup plain flour

1 cup brown sugar

3/4 cup coconut

125g butter

2 tbsp golden syrup

1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda

1 tbsp boiling water

Combine oats, sifted flour, sugar and coconut. Combine butter and golden syrup, stir over gentle heat until melted.

Mix bicarbonate of soda with boiling water, add to melted butter mixture, stir into dry ingredients.

Take teaspoonfuls of mixture and place on lightly greased oven trays – allow room for spreading.

Cook in slow oven – 150C for 20 minutes. Loosen while still warm, then cool on trays.




Miss Showgirl, Nikki Gibbs, Won the Title and She Came Back to Chat to Claudia Hirst!

Claudia Hirst had the pleasure of chatting to Nikki Gibbs, the winner of the 2018 Miss Showgirl Competition who was lovely enough to come into the studio again.The Land Sydney Royal Showgirl Competition is a statewide competition and it involves young women competing for the title.

Miss Showgirl is not to be mistaken for a beauty pageant. The women are judged based on their confidence, personality, life goals and also their rural knowledge and passion for their local community.

Nikki is a veterinary nurse in her hometown of Wauchope, near Port Macquarie and is now also the Ambassador for rural NSW, acting as a role model for women involved in the agricultural industry.

Congratulations Nikki!

Show Radio Podcast – Episode 6

On the 6th day of the Sydney Royal Easter Show, Claudia had the pleasure of interviewing the winner of Miss Show Girl, Nikki Gibbs. Dean was proud of his digital content skills and made our morning announcer Grant acknowledge it too! It’s Katie’s first time announcing in the evening and she’s loving it so much she barely finished her sentence!

This App Makes Sure You Don’t Miss a Single Thing at The Show!

As we all know, now a days there’s an app for everything! 

Surprisingly, there’s app’s that warm up your hands when you’re cold, app’s to entertain your furry friends and there’s even virtual Whoopie-Cushion app’s if you want a good old fashion giggle. But if you want an app that’s a little bit more efficient then you need to download one for Sydney’s most exuberant events… The Sydney Royal Easter Show!

The Sydney Royal Easter Show have created an official app that includes all the essential information, and more importantly, the fun exciting stuff that will keep you entertained for over 12 hours of every day.

You can choose your favorites from the What’s On listing, search through hundreds of Show-bag’s and key facilities such as ATM’s and amenities. You can even create your own itinerary!

Download the Sydney Royal Easter Show 2018 app through IOS or Google Play NOW!

For more information jump onto the Easter Show website.


Cheeseburger Pie – The Two Best Combo’s!

Whats more Australian than a pie?  A burger in a pie!

This hybrid Cheeseburger Pie creation is a meat patty covered with cheese and pickle and wrapped in a traditional flaky pie crust. Its not as big as a cheeseburger, but it’s definitely just as tasty!

Created back in 2016 especially for the Sydney Royal Easter Show, the Cheese Burger Pie is a mashup taste sensation thats thankfully back again this year!

It’s available everyday so make sure to keep an eye out for it at the Petey Pie Bakery in the Woolworths Food Farm. This is not to be missed!

Image: Delicious

Waffle On at Waffleland!

Think about what a party in your mouth would be like… a waffle from Waffleland is better than that! Its an amusement park in your mouth!

This delicious piece of art consists of a freshly baked waffle that’s full of ice cream, wafer sticks, salted caramel, fairy floss, violet crumble bits, oreos, waffles, pink marshmallows and of course, a dessert isn’t a dessert without nutella.  

Having won Gold for the 2012 Sydney Royal Easter Show Commercial Exhibitor Award you need to make sure you grab 4 friends to finish it all off… or don’t – which ever works!